1924 - 2014 (89 years)
Has 3 ancestors and 3 descendants in this family tree.
||Lauren Bacall |
||16 Sep 1924
||New York City, NY, USA
||12 Aug 2014
||New York City, NY, USA
||This person is also Lauren Bacall at ImdB |
||This person is also Lauren Bacall at Wikipedia |
||14 Aug 2014 |
||Humphrey Bogart, b. 23 Jan 1899, New York City, NY, USA , d. 14 Jan 1957 (Age 57 years) |
||21 May 1945
||14 Aug 2014 |
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||Jason Robards, Jr., b. 26 Jul 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA , d. 26 Dec 2000, Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut (Age 78 years) |
||17 Sep 2001 |
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- "I do have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dead," joked 76-year-old screen legend Lauren Bacall as she accepted a lifetime achievement award in Stockholm, Sweden, nov 2000
"An achievement award means it's over, but I can assure you it's not over," said the star of such classic films as To Have and Have Not and How to Marry a Millionaire.
Bacall was honored Sunday at Stockholm's 11th annual film festival.
The actress, who was born Betty Jane Perske, was honored for her "straightforwardness, intelligence, and an ironic look that have given her portrayals their unique strength and weight." Early in her career, she formed one of cinema's coolest on-screen couples with husband-to-be Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo and The Big Sleep.
Most recently, she and Tony winner Rosemary Harris appeared in the Broadway play Waiting in the Wings as ex-actresses in a retirement home
Her parents were middle-class with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary. They divorced when she was five. When she was a young sbackchool girl, Lauren originally wanted to be a dancer, but later became enthralled with acting so she switched gears to head into that field. She had studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, after high school, which enabled her to get her feet wet in some off-Broadway productions. Once out of school, Lauren entered modeling and, because of her beauty, appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, one of the most popular magazines in the US. The wife of famed director, Howard Hawks spotted the picture in the publication and arranged with her husband to have Lauren take a screen test. As a result, which was entirely positive, she was given a part as Marie Browning in TO HAVE OR HAVE NOT (1944), a thriller opposite the great Humphrey Bogart, when she was just 19 years old. This not only set the tone for a fabulous career, but also one of Hollywood's greatest love stories. (She married him in 1945.) It was, also, the first of several Bogie-Bacall films. After 1945's CONFIDENTIAL AGENT, Lauren received second billing in THE BIG SLEEP (1946) with Bogart. The mystery, in the role of Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, would be a resounding success. Although she was making one film a year, each production would be eagerly awaited by the public. In 1947, again with her husband, Lauren starred in the thriller DARK PASSAGE. The film kept movie patrons on the edge of their seats. The following year she starred with Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore in KEY LARGO. The crime drama was even more of a nail biter than the previous film. In 1950, Lauren played in BRIGHT LEAF (1950), a drama set in 1894. It was a film of note because she appeared without her husband. Her co-star was Gary Cooper. In 1953, Lauren appeared in her first comedy as Schatze Page in HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE. The film, with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, was a smash hit all across the theaters of America. After filming DESIGNING WOMEN which was released in 1957, Humphrey Bogart died on January 14, 1957 from throat cancer. Devastated at being a widow, Lauren returned to the silver screen with THE GIFT OF LOVE in 1958 opposite Gregory Peck. The production turned out to be a big disappointment. Not undaunted, Lauren moved back to New York City and appeared in several Broadway plays to huge critical acclaim. She was enjoying playing before live audiences and the audiences in turn enjoyed her fine performances. Lauren was away from the big screen for five years returning in 1964 to appear in SHOCK TREATMENT and SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL. The latter film was a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis. In 1966, Lauren starred in HARPER with Paul Newman and Julie Harris. It was one of Newman's signature films. Alternating her time between films and the stage, Lauren returned in 1974's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. The film, based on Agatha Christie's best selling book was a huge hit. It, also, garnered Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar. Actually, the huge star studded cast helped to ensure its success. Two years later, in 1976, Lauren co-starred with John Wayne in THE SHOOTIST. The film was to be Wayne's last. He died from cancer in 1979. In 1981, Lauren played an actress being stalked by a crazed admirer in THE FAN.
The thriller was absolutely fascinating with Lauren in the lead role. After that production, Lauren was away from films, again, this time for seven years. In the interim, she again appeared on the stages of Broadway. When she returned, it was for the filming of 1988's MR. NORTH. After MISERY, in 1990, and several made for television films, Lauren appeared in 1996's MY FELLOW AMERICANS. It was a wonderful comedy romp with Jack Lemmon and James Garner as two ex-presidents and their escapades. Lauren's last public performance was in the TV mini-series "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke". Currently she has completed two films scheduled for release in 1999, DIAMONDS and JOHNNY HIT AND RUN PAULINE. Both are in different phases of production.
Trade mark Her deep, sexy voice
(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#6).
Ranked #20 in the AFI's top 25 Actress Legends.
(October 1997) Ranked #11 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
(1997) Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Bacall was staying in the same New York apartment building as Beatle John Lennon when he was shot (and later died on 8th December in the Roosevelt Hospital) in 1980. When interviewed on the subject in a recent UK TV programme hosted by former model Twiggy, Bacall said she had heard the gunshot but assumed that it was a car tire bursting or a vehicle backfiring.
Was crowned "Miss Greenwich Village" in 1942.
In her movie debut "To Have and Have Not," Bacall was supposed to sing, but her voiced was dubbed instead. The voice singing was that of Andy Williams because no female singer could be found to match Bacall's deep voice!
Used her mother's maiden name of Bacal, but added an extra "L" when she entered the cinema.
Hobby is collecting beer mugs.
Shortly after Bogart's death, Miss Bacall announced her engagement to Frank Sinatra to the press. Mr. Sinatra promptly backed out.
Her screen personna was totally based and modeled after Howard Hawks's wife, Slim. She even uses her name in "To Have or To Have Not."
She and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres (currently the foreign minister) are cousins. Both have the same original last name -- Perske.
"I never believed marriage was a lasting institution... I thought that to be married for five years was to be married forever."
"They will be able to hold the Widow Bogart's wake in a telephone booth." Frank Sinatra
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Her unforgettable instruction on whistling in her first film, 1944's To Have and Have Not is the thinking woman's variation on Mae West's "come up and see me some time," and that distinction provides a valuable clue to Bacall's uniqueness. Although the beautiful, lithe ex-model was dubbed "The Look" upon arriving in Hollywood, it was more than the raised eyebrow that made her irresistible when she finally got before the camera. It was the way she delivered a line-worldly but never jaded, slyly cynical but never sour-that cinched her appeal. Bacall broke into pictures courtesy of the then Mrs. Howard Hawks, who showed a "Harper's Bazaar" cover shot of Bacall to her producer/director husband. He had Bacall flown in from the East Coast almost instantly and cast her opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not The 19-year-old ingenue and 45-yearold screen star fell in love on the set, and married in 1945. They appeared together in three other films: In The Big Sleep (1946, also directed by Hawks), their uncanny chemistry rescued that picture from its impenetrable plot. While 1947's Dark Passage was the least interesting of their films together, 1948's classic Key Largo exploited their chemistry in a darker, more mature context.
Few of Bacall's other films were memorable; among her costarring vehicles were Confidential Agent (1945), Young Man With a Horn (1950), the very enjoyable How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Woman's World (1954), The Cobweb, Blood Alley (both 1955), soap opera supreme, Written on the Wind (1956), The Gift of Love (1958), and Flame Over India (1959). She spent much of the 1950s caring for her ailing husband, until his death.
Her film appearances in the 1960s and 1970s were sporadic; indeed, she took eight years off from the screen between 1966 and 1974, coming back in Sidney Lumet's all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express During her hiatus from Hollywood she worked on the stage, garnering kudos for her work in Broadway's "Applause." In 1981 she played a star terrorized by a crazed admirer in The Fan-touching a raw nerve in that era of John Hinckley and Mark Chapman-and since then has taken occasional supporting roles in telefilms and features, including that of James Caan's agent in Misery (1990), a costarring part opposite Anthony Quinn in the unreleased A Star for Two and the hostess (originally played by Billie Burke) in the TV remake of Dinner at Eight (1989). In 1993 she reunited with Gregory Peck (her costar in 1957's romantic comedy Designing Woman for the enjoyable TV movie The Portrait and costarred in A Foreign Field with Alec Guinness. Her distinctive voice has also been heard with growing frequency on TV commercials.